NEGROS ORIENTAL – So where’s the much-money for medicine? Capitol sued by a local drug store for non-payment of medicine bills now hitting P5.8M since 2011.
Now a subject of an Ombudsman case, the provincial government has been sued by a local pharmacy after it failed to settle P5.8 million worth of drugs and P197, 907 in laboratory services since 2011.
Spouses Marconi C. Llosa and Francisca Pitchina Ponce de Leon-Llosa owners of Atong Botica has filed a case before the Office of the Ombudsman principally against Governor Roel Degamo being the highest ranking official of the province for alleged violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and for Conduct Prejudicial to the best interest of the service, dishonesty and grave misconduct.
Atong Botica has been trying to collect payment from the provincial government since 2013 but was reportedly ignored. The drug store has been the main supplier and creditor of medicine and laboratory services for the patients mainly confined in Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital in the past.
However, due to the unpaid bills, the pharmacy stopped servicing the patients referred by the province and now caters only to those from other Local Government Units (LGU) and the congressmen for being responsible in settling their accounts.
Even if the Provincial Board wanted to settle and appropriate sums to pay for the bills in 2011 to 2013, it might not pass the standards of the Commission on Audit considering that all purchases were made years before.
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